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    Has anyone ever layer travertine coping themselves?

    We are planning on going with travertine coping and a concrete deck. We are doing it all ourselves. Problem is, there is very little info out there on how to install travertine coping. And what I can find is contradictory. Some say it needs to be on a concrete base, others say it definitely shouldn't be on a concrete base, just crushed rock. Anyone done it and have any suggestions?
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    Re: Has anyone ever layer travertine coping themselves?

    Maybe its different in different regions, or different for vinyl pools, but I thought coping was always cemented into place, whether it is travertine, flagstone, bricks, pavers, etc, since you don't want your coping to ever slide/fall into the pool. Deciding on putting travertine on a concrete base vs. crushed rock/sand is really a question for decking areas and not the coping.
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    Re: Has anyone ever layer travertine coping themselves?

    Coping is always cemented to the gunite shell. When using travertine as a deck material (not coping), you have the option to either lay them on a bed of sand + compacted gravel or mortar them in place. Even with the sand / compacted method, the edges are typically mortared / glued in place so that the pavers dont shift easily and also for holding the sand underneath the pavers in place.
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    Re: Has anyone ever layer travertine coping themselves?

    Are you thinking of having a continuous travertine deck from the edge of the pool?

    With Oklahoma's temperature differences that will have some issues.

    We can talk about them but it would probably be best if you went and got a couple of bids from some local installers and talked about how they would do it.

    The major issue is that the deck will be expanding laterally into the pool and the coping glued on top of the bond beam. The pool is a big structure that does not change temperature very quickly nor does it expand or contract much. And it does not move. So the deck will expand into the travertine coping. Bad things may happen. I therefore recommend you ask how the locals deal with this. I know what I would do, but I'm in California.
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    Re: Has anyone ever layer travertine coping themselves?

    Thank you everyone. Gwegan we are planning on just a travertine coping piece and then a concrete deck. That is what I was afraid of. Will the expansion crack not keep that from happening?

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